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Viral Infections


  • Surprising Infection-Inducing Mechanism Found in Bacteria
    Research appearing in Nature, with the participation of doctors Susana Campoy and Jordi Barbé from the Department of Genetics and Microbiology at UAB, demonstrates that bacteria have a surprising mechanism to transfer virulent genes, causing infections. The research ...More
    May 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • Noroviruses Identified as Common Cause of Travelers' Diarrhea
    Noroviruses, infamous for causing outbreaks of gastroenteritis on cruise ships, may now be recognized as a common cause of travelers' diarrhea in multiple regions of the world as well. Researchers from the U.S. and abroad detail their findings in the May 2010 issue of the ...More
    May 14, 2010 Posted in News
  • Study Finds Rotavirus Vaccine Greatly Reduces Hospitalizations for Acute Gastroenteritis in Children
    Vaccinating infants against rotavirus, a leading cause of severe diarrhea and dehydration among babies and young children, was associated with a dramatic decline in U.S. hospitalization rates for acute gastroenteritis. The findings appear in a study, now available online, ...More
    May 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • Viruses Manipulate Host Cells by Means of Molecular Mimics
    Viruses have evolved a broad range of strategies that enable them to evade the immune systems of their hosts. A team of researchers at the Max von Pettenkofer Institute at LMU Munich led by virologist Jürgen Haas has been studying a novel, recently discovered mechanism ...More
    April 26, 2010 Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify Key Molecular Step to Fending Off Viruses
    UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have determined how a protein that normally latches onto molecules inside cells and marks them for destruction also gives life to the body’s immune response against viruses.The researchers discovered that a certain form of ...More
    April 21, 2010 Posted in News
  • Personalizing Medicine to Prevent Pandemics
    What makes some viral infections fatal and others much less severe is largely a mystery. It is thought that a part of the variability can be attributed to differences in how individuals respond to infection.Professor Michael Katze, presenting at the Society for General ...More
    March 31, 2010 Posted in News
  • Infection Risk Accepted by Most Kidney Transplant Candidates
    Most kidney transplant candidates are willing to receive a kidney from a donor at increased risk of viral infection, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology (CJASN). The results suggest that kidney ...More
    March 25, 2010 Posted in News
  • Research Team Finds Structure of Swine Flu Virus
    A team of scientists from The Scripps Research Institute and other institutions has solved the structure of a key protein from the virus that caused last year’s “swine flu” influenza epidemic. The structure reveals that the virus shares many features with ...More
    March 25, 2010 Posted in News
  • Optimism Boosts the Immune System
    Feeling better about the future might help you feel better for real. In a new study, psychological scientists Suzanne Segerstrom of the University of Kentucky and Sandra Sephton of the University of Louisville studied how law students' expectations about the future affected ...More
    March 23, 2010 Posted in News
  • 40 Percent of Surface Disinfectants Ineffective in Eliminating Viruses that Cause Gastroenteritis
    Some 40 percent of commercial disinfectants used to clean surfaces are believed to be ineffective in eliminating noroviruses, a group of viruses responsible for more than half of all foodborne gastroenteritis outbreaks. According to a recent study published by ...More